London: Amid signs of widening rift, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she is looking forward to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday here to discuss the "strained ties". (Agencies)
Answering a question on whether she would be meeting Clinton in London, Khar who was addressing a joint press conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague after their meeting here last evening said: "Yes, I will be looking forward to meet Secretary Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the Somalia meeting."
"We hope that for the goals that we share, the shared goals and objectives in the region, that of peace and stability within the region, within Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States will be able to foster our ties," she said on Wednesday.
However, there are certain preconditions for that. And the preconditions are that of firstly what is considered to be in the mutual interest, and pursuing a track which is predictable, which is transparent and which is sustainable, Khar said.
"I think the sustainability of this relationship has been missing," she said.
"What we are trying to do in government in Pakistan is to expand the scope of this relationship by giving it parliamentary ownership. So it must not be interpreted as an effort to contract this relationship, but to expand it."
Relations between Pakistan and the United States were severely damaged last year by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden and air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and the alliance remains tense.
"The Pakistani parliament currently is looking at terms of the engagement with the United States," she said, adding "red lines" created by Pakistan in its relationship with the United States and NATO had been "crossed repeatedly."
Asked whether UK would use its good offices to improve ties between Pakistan and the US, British Foreign Secretary said: "We have discussed relations between US and Pakistan. As a friend of Pakistan and ally of USA we want good relations between them."
London: Amid signs of widening rift, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said she is looking forward to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday here to discuss the "strained ties".